Crossing Keeper Wanted
Due to a pending retirement the Canterbury Jockey Club is seeking a CROSSING KEEPER for the Training Facility at Riccarton Park Racecourse.
The role requires specialist hours of 4:30am to no later than 12 noon. Monday to Saturday.
Other requirements:
  • A preparedness to enforce the Rules of Racing, and CJC By-laws.
  • A current St John Workplace First Aid Course Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402).
  • Horse and racing experience is desirable.
  • Ability to drive a truck.
Applications should be directed to Jim Langan, Racing Manager, [email protected] or PO Box 11137, Sockburn 8443 by Friday 26 November 2021.
NZTR Chief Executive Officer
  • Lead & drive transformational change
  • An industry undergoing reform, to secure a strong future
  • ‘Industry first’ and ‘improve racing’
The Role
With transformational change underway, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) is looking for an experienced CEO to replace our outgoing Chief Executive, to build on his success and bring their own expertise to the industry. 
‘Industry First’ and ‘Improve Racing’ continue to be the key drivers for NZTR.  As a multi-dimensional organisation, the focus on driving results for the industry, requires depth of industry knowledge and relationships.  Reporting directly to the Board the CEO will lead the organisation and wider industry into a new chapter of ‘reform’.
Specifically, the CEO will be focused on:
  • Leading and driving a change agenda focusing on the delivery of transformational initiatives
  • Leading and inspiring a dedicated team, focusing on development and deeper industry engagement
  • Supporting industry stakeholders to build and deliver the “Industry First” actions to “Improve Racing”
  • Skills & Experience
You will epitomise our vision and values, ‘Together shaping a bright future for our people, our horses’.  Experience in the Racing and Thoroughbred code is essential, and we are particularly interested in candidates who have a background reflecting success in transformational change and established industry relationships, in addition you will be:
  • Emotionally intelligent, cultivating strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Passionate about growing the Thoroughbred industry, by optimising the capability of NZTR
  • Commercially astute, and leading with cadence and stamina
  • Balanced, with the ability to connect with stakeholders through effective communication skills and negotiation skills to achieve positive outcomes
About NZTR
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) is the regulatory and governing authority for the sport of thoroughbred racing in NZ. We are tasked with ensuring the overall health and successful development of the sport across New Zealand, seeking to enhance its attraction to customers and its position in the sporting and cultural landscape of the country.
To apply in strict confidence, click ‘Apply for this job’ or email your cover letter and CV to [email protected] applications close on 24th November 2021.
For further information on NZTR or the role click here to view the Briefing Document
For a confidential discussion regarding this role please phone Amie Amosa on +64 27 510 2450

Wairarapa Racing Club

Take over the reins at Tauherenikau - Track Manager/Caretaker

Here’s an opportunity to work in one of the most picturesque race courses in NZ.

Tauherenikau hosts four race meetings per year but is also a thriving events centre and wedding venue with tens of thousands of people visiting the race course every year.

Our ideal candidate to take over the reins would be a person who has the following skills:

  • Greenkeeping or Caretaker Skills
  • Great communication skills
  • Has a love for the outdoors
  • Has pride in the presentation of their work
  • Loves horse racing.
  • Previous turf and track management would naturally be a benefit but full training would be given.

You would be responsible for maintaining the track to the standards set by NZTR alongside caretaking duties keeping this beautiful venue pristine for our many visitors who attend our race meetings, events and weddings. There is also some stock work involved.

Applications close on Friday 28th of August and please forward a CV to Matthew Sherry General Manager Wairarapa Racing Club at [email protected] or call Matt on 0212 2710364.

Track and Facilities Manager, Ashburton Raceway Ltd
Ashburton Raceway Ltd is looking to employ a fulltime Track and Facilities Manager.
The responsibilities for this role include managing:
  •  the racing and training tracks
  •  the course facilities, machinery and building maintenance
  • other outside course staff
  • the course presentation to a high standard for raceday events and for other tenant groups
    hiring the facilities and trainers based on-course.
  • obligations around Health and Safety
The successful applicant will have sound communication skills, show a collaborative approach building positive relationships with others, a can do attitude and be adaptable.
Interested applicants are encouraged to make contact with the General Manager Jeff McLaughlin by phone or email to request a full job description of the role and again later, to arrange a time to discuss any aspects that require clarification. An indication of the salary range will be discussed at this time.

All communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Applicants please enclose a cover letter and a current resume.

Applications close on Thursday 19th August at 12 noon. It is envisaged a short list will be completed very soon after that with interviews scheduled during the following week.
Contact Details: Jeff McLaughlin (Raceway):033086794
Cell: 0274441851
Email: [email protected]
Track Manager - Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club
Great opportunity for an experienced Track Manager to join our team.
  • Are you passionate about horse racing and turf/track management?
  • Are you an experienced Groundsman or Turf/Track Manager wanting to take the next step in your career?
  • Do you want to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle in a great part of New Zealand?
We have a unique opening for a Track Manager to join our small, dedicated team in Ōtaki. This role will suit an experienced person who is passionate about the horse racing industry and track maintenance and is ready to take the next step forward in their career.
About the role:
As part of our team you will be responsible for managing and maintaining the highest standards of track and training surfaces and their surroundings to meet contract specifications. It's a "hands on" role, supported by a small but dedicated team and positive management.
A varied and interesting role, you will work closely with clients and key stakeholders to achieve quality outcomes on the ground.
A mechanical aptitude in the use of tractors and turf/track related equipment is essential.
The success factors:
  • You will be passionate about horse tracks (and sport) have energy to burn and be self-driven.
  • Ideally you will hold or be working towards a Level 4 New Zealand Sports Track Management qualification or equivalent.
  • Previous experience working with and managing turf or track surfaces including experience operating a variety of maintenance and renovation equipment.
  • A strong work ethic with a can-do attitude goes with-out saying.
  • Have effective communication skills to liaise with key stakeholders, clients and interest groups.
  • Strong attention to detail and organisational skills
  • The ability to work autonomously and be a team player is important as at times you may work with others in the team to support with a diverse range of operations.
Here's what we can offer you:
  • A competitive salary that is reviewed annually.
  • A company vehicle.
  • A wealth of knowledge and experience within the company to support your professional development.
  • Opportunities for internal and external training.
  • Promotional opportunities for advancement within the industry throughout New Zealand.
  • Be part of a unique, whānau orientated, company which cares about their people.
To take your career to the next level, click here to complete your application.
New Zealand residency and a current full driver's licence are essential.

Stud Groom – Karaka
Westbury Stud is a renowned New Zealand thoroughbred stud farm with six commercial stallions, a significant breeding operation of over 300 mares and prepares the annual yearling crop for major sales throughout Australasia.
Westbury offers the opportunity to work in world class facilities and to be part of a supportive and motivated team who are focused on breeding superior racehorses, while the opportunity for growth and professional advancement at Westbury are plentiful.

There are Stud Groom positions available at our Auckland (Karaka) and Waikato (Matamata) farms.
The main responsibilities of this role include:
  • Handling of weanlings
  • Preparing yearlings for the major yearling sales across Australasia
  • Handling of broodmares including assisting with vet work, teasing, and assisting in the serving barn
  • Horse grooming and care
  • Mixing feeds and doing feed runs
  • General stable duties and facility maintenance
Fixed term roles are available with the potential of permanent employment. We can accommodate applicants for an immediate start while we are also seeking interest for Stud Grooms to assist in the Yearling Prep team from September 2021 through to the Karaka Yearling Sales at the end of January 2022.
Please send your CV of no more than two pages with a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to [email protected].
Due to the current border closures, only those currently living in New Zealand with the right to work here will be considered for this position.

Stallion Handler – Karaka
Westbury Stud is a renowned New Zealand thoroughbred stud farm with six commercial stallions, a significant breeding operation of over 300 mares and prepares the annual yearling crop for major sales throughout Australasia.
Westbury offers the opportunity to work in world class facilities and to be part of a supportive and motivated team who are focused on breeding superior racehorses, while the opportunity for growth and professional advancement at Westbury are plentiful.
Westbury Stud are currently seeking a Stallion Handler at the farm based in Karaka.
The main responsibilities of this role include:
  • Handling of six commercial thoroughbred stallions
  • Parading stallions for breeders
  • Handling stallions and broodmares in the covering shed
  • Teasing mares
  • Caring for an extensive broodmare band
  • General stable duties including feeding, mucking out, holding for the farrier and dentist etc
  • Administering medical treatments
Other general stud duties include:
  • Handling of foals, weanlings and yearlings
  • Preparation of yearlings for the major sales throughout Australasia
  • Other general stable and farm duties as required by the manager
We can accommodate applicants for an immediate start or those looking for work at the beginning of the breeding season. This role requires the successful applicant to have a strong work ethic, have the ability to work under pressure, and have the ability to work well in a large diverse team who relishes the challenges the role may present and is passionate about the thoroughbred industry.
Please send your CV of no more than two pages with a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to [email protected].
Due to the current border closures, only those currently living in New Zealand with the right to work here will be considered for this position.

Stablehand position

Keen to be a part of team Wexford? We are on the hunt for a superstar stablehand to join our small team based at Matamata Racecourse.

Working with our lovely team of horses, duties will include feeding and grooming horses, and other general stable duties. This position does not require you to ride (although we'd certainly love to hear from you if a trackwork position is of interest!).

Ideal applicants will have experience working with horses (racing preferred but not essential), be a team player and love horses. The role will require you to work six mornings a week, with afternoon and weekend work also available should you wish.

Accommodation is available for the right person.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are only able to accept applications from people who hold the rights to work in New Zealand (work visa, resident or citizens) and are currently in New Zealand.

Please express interest by emailing [email protected], detailing your experience.


Drivers Required - Class 2 or 4 

Full Time - Christchurch, Palmerston North & Waikato based drivers required

Majestic Horse Floats has been established since 1938 and is New Zealand’s leading provider of transport to the equine industry. To ensure our national market leading presence we are developing the size and scope of our driving teams around the country.

Ideally you come from within our industry and have a flexible can-do attitude as no two days are the same and we operate 7 days per week. Your geographical knowledge and customer leading focus set you apart from others you work with.
We have a fleet of 33 trucks around the country and there is interisland and overnight travel expected. You will be expected to work 6 of every 7 days, with 1 weekend off per calendar month.

This is a salary remunerated position.


We deal with a variety of horses some of which may be young or haven’t been handled much, you must have the skills and patience necessary to load these horses safely.

To express interest, please either phone or forward your CV to:
Ward Austin, CEO, Majestic Horse Floats
email: [email protected]
mobile: 027 540 9259

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa and a class 2 or 4 license.

Curator/Track & Facilities Manager (for the full job description click here)

Position Purpose: The Counties Racing Club is an established Thoroughbred Racing and Training venue based at Pukekohe Park. The current 2019/2020 Season is a milestone for the Club as it celebrates its Centennial in May 2020 The Curator/Track and Facilities Manager is responsible for leading the team that provides the maintenance and management of the Clubs four turf tracks, sand track, plough track and other horse training related infrastructure as well as the grounds and Park surrounds and all the Parks facilities (excluding the motor racing circuit). The Track and Facilities Manager will be involved in liaison with various departments from NZTR, in particular the Racing Integrity Unit and other related parties to ensure the Club is best placed to continually attract the patronage, be that with Trainers or NZTR, that allows the Club to meet its Strategic Plan.

Some of the key areas include:

  • Leading the team that provide high-quality range of services, including tracks for racing and training activities
  • Maintaining all tracks to the standard as set out by in the NZTR guidelines
  • Provide customer focused safe surfaces for Trainers at Pukekohe Park
  • Directing the team to conduct the Clubs race meetings
  • Liaising with contractors and/or suppliers in relation to tracks maintenance
  • Work in collaboration with the Clubs other Managers; Administration, Marketing and Sponsorship, Events & Motor circuit          

If you are interested in this position, please contact Greg Mitchell [email protected]

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We welcome thoroughbred racing industry role advertisements on this page - if you have a role that supports the breeding or racing of thoroughbreds, please get in touch with us via details below.

Contact: Mary Burgess, Corporate Communications & Media Advisor